Join SGWA volunteers at the Thurman Flats Picnic Area on Saturday September 8, 2018, at 9:00 a.m. to help us clean up the picnic and creek areas. Come and meet Smokey Bear! Everyone is welcome! Bring sturdy shoes, sunscreen, gloves and a smile – we’ll provide snacks and beverages. Learn about Leave No Trace and help restore Mill Creek to its natural beauty. See you there!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Zach Behrens, 909-382-2788
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — The Valley Fire Closure Area will be lifted on today, Thursday, August 30, 2018, San Bernardino National Forest officials have announced. The action, which is officially the termination of Forest Order 12-18-06, effectively reopens all portions of the San Gorgonio Wilderness previously closed due to the Valley Fire, which began on July 6 near the community of Forest Falls, Calif.
While the 1,350-acre fire with 82% containment remains in steep, inaccessible terrain, recent hot spells and dry weather have not produced any new smoke or flame activity. The fire remains in patrol status with full containment expected after the first significant precipitation event of fall or winter. The fire’s cause remains under investigation.
Trails to reopen include San Bernardino Peak, Momyer and Foresee Creek, and previously booked permits for overnight camping in the wilderness will remain valid.
Hikers with questions about the reopening can call the Mill Creek Visitor Center at 909-382-2882, Thursdays through Mondays or the forest headquarters at 909-382-2600 Mondays through Fridays. To keep updated on the Valley Fire, check InciWeb, the forest Twitter account and the Valley Fire Updates Facebook group.
Although the Valley Fire put a stop to many of our activities, SGWA still did a lot of work during the last quarter. Read all about it in the August newsletter.
Each year in mid-August the SGWA presents the annual Forest Festival at Barton Flats, a day for the public to get a taste of the Forest. Volunteers provide camping and fishing tips, puppet shows, and crafts. Smokey Bear provides a warm welcome to all visitors. Forest fest 2018 Flyer
Update: August 14,2018. Forest Service has revised the Valley Fire Closure to reopen some trails effective Wednesday Aug 15, 2018
Officials with San Bernardino National Forest today issued a new forest order modifying the Valley Fire Closure Area. The announcement on the Forest Service website, effective Wednesday, August 15, 2018, reopens a portion of the San Gorgonio Wilderness, but keeps trails closer to the burn area closed.
The closed area includes the following trails: San Bernardino Peak, Forsee Creek, Momyer trace trail to San Bernardino Peak, as well as the ridgeline from San Bernardino Peak to Dollar Lake Saddle. Refer to the revised closure map.
As of Aug 14th, the fire containment is at 82%, but continues to smolder. We recommend that you be aware of conditions around the mountains at anytime regardless of the Valley Fire. If conditions become threatening, please take your safety into first consideration: the mountain will be there later – keep yourself safe so you can enjoy it.
As before, residents and visitors to the area may continue to see smoke for the coming weeks. Hikers with questions about the closure can call the Mill Creek Visitor Center at 909-382-2882, Thursdays through Mondays. To keep updated on the Valley Fire, check Inciweb, the forest service Twitter account and the Valley Fire Updates Facebook group.
Mill Creek Visitor Center will resume processing permit requests for the reopened areas when we reopen on Thursday the 16th. The Permit request forms are in the process of being reactivated and will be available shortly.
Updates as of 7 PM Wednesday 7/11/18:
– 1348 acres, 24% containment
– Highway 38 has reopened in both directions. Please use caution as firefighting aircraft and equipment may be working in the area. Additionally, Caltrans will have intermittent traffic stops to complete storm related rock / debris removal along Highway 38 .
– All hiking trails accessing the San Gorgonio Wilderness Area continue to be closed.
Please consider all existing permits as cancelled until further notice
Further updates as they become available.
Friday July 6 3PM:
Brush fire has erupted near Highway 38 and Valley of the Falls Dr. At 3PM the burn area was estimated to be between 50 and 100 acres and is heading uphill at a fast rate and has a potential to threaten the San Gorgonio Wilderness area.
San Bernardino National Forest Service has issued mandatory evacuations for the trail areas of Momyer and Vivian Creek as well as the day use areas in Forest Falls.
Highway 38 is currently closed between Bryant St (next to Mill Creek Visitor Center) and Angeles Oaks. Accessibility to the mountains will not be possible from Highway 38 until it is reopened.
We will be trying to contact everyone with permits for these areas to advise against trying to enter the area. San Bernardino Peak trail was not included in the evacuation, but we are also advising against entering that area due to the increasing danger at this time.
For both the #ValleyFire and #BoxFire, residents, visitors, commuters, etc can a call the fire information center at (909) 383-5688
UPDATE—-> Friday 7/6: Due to the Valley Fire closures, This event has been cancelled and will be rescheduled.
Join SGWA on July 7 for our monthly Mill Creek Restoration day at Thurman Flats. Smokey Bear will be there for a meet and photo op. Everyone is welcome! Bring sturdy shoes, sunscreen, gloves and a smile – we’ll provide snacks and beverages. Learn about Leave No Trace and help restore Mill Creek to its natural beauty. See you there!
Saturday night, May 26th, kicks off our season of Ranger Talks with Teddi Boston, who was the first woman to solo thru-hike the PCT from north to south. Come hear how & why she decided to take this long hike and the adventures she had along the way.
Then on Sunday night, we’ll have Walter Roth sharing his fascinating insights on how the Native Americans lived off the land.
Talks begin at 7:30 pm at Greyback Amphitheater, on Hwy 38 about 1.5 miles east of Barton Flats Visitor Center.
See the entire schedule here: Ranger Talks
The Barton Flats Visitor Center opens starting Thursday May 24 2018. Visitor Center Hours are:
Thursday – Sunday 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Barton Flats Visitor Center is closed Monday – Wednesday
Mill Creek Visitor Center
Mill Creek Summer hours begin on Saturday May 26, 2018
Throughout the Summer season, Mill Creek Visitor Center hours will be:
Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays – 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Saturdays and Sundays – 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Mill Creek Visitor Center is closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays
Camps are getting crowded and filling up. Be sure to plan your trip well in advance, especially if you plan to go on the weekends. If you need help, please call the Mill Creek Visitor Center at 909-382-2882.
The May edition of the SGWA newsletter is now available here. Read about our new mentoring program, some great trail work, and the profile of long-time volunteer Rex Philpot.